OI Magazine - N° 33 - March 2023

a summer escape to the enchanting AMALFI COAST and the glamorous ISLANDOF CAPRI MILAN FASHIONWEEK Women’s Collection Fall/Winter 2023/2024 DISCOVERING ITALY ON TWOWHEELS The Beauty Of Cycling Holidays OI M A G A Z I N E ORIZZONTE ITALIA

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editorial Welcome to the new issue of Orizzonte Italia, the magazine that aims to showcase the beauty and wonders of our country. As we say goodbye to winter and welcome the warmth and sunshine of this radiant spring and upcoming summer, we are pleased to present some articles that celebrate the beauty, diversity, and vibrancy of Italy today. We have selected different destinations for you to satisfy every type of traveller, whether you are looking for relaxation, adventure, or culture. In this edition, we will take you on a journey through picturesque, enchanting, and fascinating places. From the stunning Amalfi Coast and the charming island of Capri to our majestic mountains, which not only represent a perfect escape from the heat and chaos of the city but are also an excellent destination for those seeking adventure and beauty. Offering a variety of activities, landscapes, and a wealth of cultural and historical sites, here you will surely find what suits you. We invite you to discover Italy on two wheels, showing the beauty of cycling vacations, which allows you to experience your holiday differently and rediscover the simplicity of our landscapes. We will also take you to the heart of Val Gardena, where we will pay tribute to the rich cultural heritage by presenting the beautiful traditional costumes of the In partnership with FROM THE AMA THE MOUNTAINS O THIS IS THE IT 10 OI magazine

by Ilio MASPRONE iliomasprone@gmail.com www.iliomasprone.com Gardena Valley and the wooden dolls of Judith Sotriffer in Ortisei, a testament to the skill and mastery of the artisans of this stunning region. We went to take a closer look at the Autumn/Winter 2023/2024 Fashion Week, which ended on February 27th, where the most talented designers in the country presented their latest stylish creations. And of course, we could not fail to mention the Sanremo Song Festival, the main Italian music event that has been entertaining the public for 73 years. A beloved event that brings together music enthusiasts of all tastes and styles. We also thought to introduce you to a traditional dance from Puglia, the famous Taranta, which has very ancient roots and is now loved and practiced by even the youngest. In conclusion, we hope that this issue of Orizzonte Italia will inspire you to explore the beauty and diversity of this nation, which is increasingly appreciated by the rest of the world. Whether you are planning a relaxing beach holiday or a cycling vacation full of adventures, Italy has something to offer everyone and at any time of the year. We hope that this special issue has been enjoyed and we look forward to welcoming you soon here in our sunny peninsula. ALFI COAST TO OF VAL GARDENA, TALYWE LOVE 11 OI magazine

IL SALOTTO DI PENELOPE Il Salotto di Penelope a travel through the Italian cooking tradition Hidden in the depths of one of the most eclectic and fashionable areas of downtown Bologna is the Il Salotto di Penelope cooking school. Not just a simple cooking school, but a place where people meet and share experiences. Founded in 2010 by the passion of two friends for cooking and food and wine travels, the school has continued its adventure and even if the services have been expanded and the team has changed, the spirit remains the same. Today, alongside Barbara, there is Pietro, an engineer with a passion for cooking and, in addition to Italian and English cooking courses, which offer a genuine and typical perspective of the Italian gastronomic landscape, Il Salotto di Penelope offers its customers individual cooking classes, catering, team cooking for companies, home chefs and delivery. Il Salotto di Penelope Piazza San Francesco, 8 - 40122 Bologna (BO) Ph. +39 051 6493627 info@ilsalottodipenelope.it www.ilsalottodipenelope.it 13 OI magazine

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Innovation and sustainability, sensuality and tailoring... and much more at the MILAN FASHION WEEK Women’s Collection Fall/Winter 2023/2024 by Alessandra LUTI 16 OI magazine

MILAN. Fashion is trend, surprise, energy, vitality, emotion, and beauty - a beauty that emerges from the details of a garment, an accessory paired with a dress, a specific fabric or color. This is not only what we take home from the wonderful and exciting Milan Fashion Week Women’s Collection Fall/ Winter 2023/2024, which concluded on February 27th, a fashion week made possible with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, ICE-Agency, and the Municipality of Milan. This year, there were many events, 164 to be exact, including 61 shows, 73 presentations, 7 appointment-only presentations, and 33 events. The novelty of this edition of Fashion Week is the new location of the Fashion Hub, which has moved to Palazzo Giureconsulti. A meeting place and laboratory of innovative projects, open to the public and the city of Milan. The Fashion Hub hosted a series of initiatives and activities focused on promoting emerging brands and designers, who had the opportunity to meet the most important players in the fashion system in this special place. The activities and projects for the new edition of the Fashion Hub were based on CNMI’s fundamental values, including experimentation, innovation, craftsmanship, sustainability, inclusion, and education. 17 OI magazine

There were three main projects in the Fashion Hub activity calendar. The first one was “Designers for the Planet”, a project that featured the collections of nine brands selected by a technical jury based on their attention to sustainability, including PAIRI DAEZA, SAKE, BE-NINA, ILARIA BELLOMO, CAVIA, SPACCIO, ASCEND BEYOND, OH CARLA, and ENDELEA. The second project was “A Global Movement to Uplift Underrepresented Brands”, curated by Blanc Magazine’s editor-in-chief Teneisha Carr and CNMI. This collaboration aimed to promote multiculturalism in the fashion industry by celebrating the work of underrepresented designers, giving them the opportunity to showcase their creations to a global audience of industry players. A. POTTS, DIOTIMA, and TORLOWEI were the brands selected to participate in this edition of the project. Finally, the third project was “MFW Forward”, which featured designers who are particularly focused on research, innovation, and experimentation, combining these

aspects with new trends and cultural changes. The brands involved in the project were FROY, ACBC, VISION OF SUPER, LESSICO FAMILIARE, ARA LUMIERE, FLORANIA, GENTILE CATONE, SAN ANDRES MILANO, APNOEA, and MARCELLO PIPITONE, who presented their collections at the Fashion Hub throughout the Fashion Week. As for the runway shows, this edition of Fashion Week marked the debut of Japanese designer Tomo Koizumi, supported by Dolce & Gabbana, as well as the brands Avavav and Alabama Muse, who presented digital shows. The three independent brands that received the Camera Moda Fashion Trust Grant 2022, Act N°1, Cormio, and Vitelli, also confirmed their presence on the Milanese runways. Debuting in the presentation calendar were ADD, Boyy, Lara Chamandi, Maison Laponte, Mantù, Max&Co with Anna Dello Russo, Pianegonda, Spaccio Alta Maglieria, Viviers, Weekend Max Mara with Kate Phelan, Wolford, Yali, and Zineb Hazim & Karim Daoudi. Additionally, the ninth edition of Budapest Select, a mentorship program for Hungarian talent, returned. ABODI, CUKOVY, KATA SZEGEDI, and THEFOUR were the protagonists of the “Budapest Select FW 2023/2024 Special Show” runway.

During Milan Fashion Week, the White Show returned to Milan featuring new brands and an increasingly international edition. Among the partners this year, in addition to the Municipality of Milan, were Confartigianato Imprese and Ice. “Sustainability is present throughout the production chain in the fashion sector, creating fashion that places people at the center by protecting them through the use of sustainable materials,” emphasized Hon. Fabio Petrella at the inauguration of the White Show. He also added, “Among the reasons for the success of Italian fashion, we must underline the excellent craftsmanship, sartorial tradition, and precious materials that are synonymous with Made in Italy.” Meanwhile, Dr. Brenda Bellei Bizzi, CEO of White, highlighted how Italy is leading in sustainability throughout the production chain. Achieving sustainability is also possible through Research and Development programs supported by the Italian Government and the PNRR. What were the trends of this Milan Fashion Week? As all over the world, first of all there is a strong return to sensuality, from refined to exhibited and declared sensuality. Sensuality and tailoring, high-level quality tailoring, elegant but with something extra, because never as in this season does the woman communicate her sensuality through her dress, which is evident from one runway to another, between bustiers and slits, slip dresses, lace, and transparencies that highlight the female body. And then also stiletto heels but also cuissard, which are high and thin-heeled women’s boots that wrap around the leg up to the thigh, also in bright colors. Already anticipated in the summer runways, the long and elegant skirt officially becomes the must-have in the Autumn Winter 2023 2024 shows in Milan. From Prada to Fendi, it is the new trend dug up from the past and celebrates the style of the ‘90s icons. But lengths are also protagonists in other garments such as coats and shirts. The knitted dress continues to be the key piece that must not be missing in a woman’s wardrobe even in the upcoming seasons. There are many, many trends from this Fashion Week and you can find others on my Instagram account @elle.alessandra. Alessandra Luti Montecarlo.times.luti@gmail.com IG: @elle.alessandra Alessandra Luti with Honorable Fabio Petrella and Dr. Cristiano Gatti, President of Confartigianato Biella, on the day of theWhite Show inauguration in February 2023 Alessandra Luti with Dr. Brenda Bellei Bizzi, CEO of White during her interview 20 OI magazine

BOUTIQUE NADIA CORTI Haute Couture Boutique in Milan Behind Nadia Corti's success lies an all-Italian work, built over time and made up of talent and passion for Made in Italy fashion and sartorial tradition. Starting from the small showroom of the 80s, today, together with her daughter Alessia, she creates bespoke tailored suits, wedding and formal wear in the Haute Couture Boutique in Milan, located in the Brera area, the heart of the Design District. Thanks to word of mouth from satisfied customers, Nadia Corti has become a point of reference for all those looking for a unique and elegant garment, made with fine fabrics and rigorously Italian origins. All Nadia Corti dresses are custom made by highly skilled seamstresses and reflect the understated elegance of true Milanese fashion. The Haute Couture Boutique in Milan is also specialized in the reproduction of any dress, ideal for those who want a replica of an old dress or want a faithful copy of their dream one. Boutique Nadia Corti Corso Garibaldi, 64 - 20121 Milano (MI) Tel: +39 02 654548 - info@nadiacorti.it www.nadiacorti.it 22 OI magazine

BOUTIQUE NADIA CORTI Haute Couture Boutique in Milan Corso Garibaldi, 64 - 20121 Milano (MI) - Tel: +39 02 654548 - info@nadiacorti.it - www.nadiacorti.it


Daniela Delle Cave approached show business as a child, showing a natural talent toward this artistic form, which she later cultivated through various musical experiences in Paris and London. The values transmitted to Daniela by her family have guided her professional and personal choices. Her father passed on to her the sense of duty and sacrifice, as well as hard work, however lived with a smile and a lot of sunshine, while her mother taught her generosity and sharing, both in the family and professional spheres, in addition to the determination to achieve one’s goals while respecting others. These values that Daniela has made her own are reflected in her career in show business, allowing her to move from one sphere to another, always remaining true to herself and her principles. After graduating from Oxford with a degree in Communication, Media & Cultures, she acted in the Out of the Blue theater company in Milan, an international benchmark for, among other things, the performing arts. Daniela’s artistic career was enriched by experiences as a model for international print campaigns. In addition, she has been a Disney face in popular Italian TV series and an actress in Family Affairs, produced in Switzerland. In 2017, she studied voice acting and lent her voice to characters in cartoons and international TV formats, including Ines from Perfect Match, currently on Netflix. In addition, she is an advertising speaker and presenter for live and streaming events such as for Milan Games Week’s PG Arena and the cooking program Casa Magimix. So, Daniela Delle Cave moves freely and with the naturalness of a genuine artist between various spheres of a great world that is that of Entertainment, an art form that, now more than ever, reflects the cultural influences of today’s society, combining them in an innovative and original way to return to the public a complete vision of the World of Art in its broadest meaning. 25 OI magazine

COCOTTE JOLIE The best of the Italian and French pastry tradition in the heart of Milan The finest Italian and French pastry traditions come together in the heart of Milan at Cocotte Jolie. After honing her pastry skills in France, Lilian opened her authentic Breton creperie in Milan in 2012. Today, the cafe/patisserie and fusion bistro has become a renowned destination for those seeking authentic taste. Located near the Duomo, the small artisan workshop produces daily treats, including traditional sweets, cakes, biscuits, mignon chocolates, and especially gluten-free, butter-free, and preservative-free Breton biscuits. The menu at Cocotte Jolie combines crepes, ethnic dishes, and personalized fusion cuisine that blends Italian and African flavors. Whether you're looking for a coffee, a lunch break, a snack, a happy hour, or an alternative dinner, Cocotte Jolie is the perfect place to indulge your senses. Cocotte Jolie Via Cesare Correnti,7 - 20123 Milano (MI) Tel: +39 02 45472700 www.cocottejolie.com infococottejolie@gmail.com 27 OI magazine

Marco Mengoni won the 73rd Sanremo Music Festival, with Colapesce and Di Martino taking home the Critics Award Mia Martini and Press Room Award. Coma_Cose was awarded the Sergio Bardotti Prize for the best lyrics. The final evening was full of emotion and transgression. . The top five performers included Ultimo, Tananai, Lazza, Marco Mengoni, and Mr. Rain, with no female artist making it to the top. The festival ended with a performance of “Fortezza Bakmut” by the iconic Ukrainian band Antytila, who joined the armed forces and sang a song about their city’s struggle for freedom and ideals. The evening began with a patriotic tone as the Italian national anthem was played by the band of the Italian Air Force, celebrating their centenary this year. Host Amadeus thanked Gianni Morandi, the “superhero”, who accompanied him throughout the festival, for his support. Morandi appeared on stage playing the guitar and sang a medley of Lucio Dalla’s SANREMO MUSIC FESTIVAL Two lives, one victory by Enrico GUIDOTTI 28 OI magazine

songs, receiving a standing ovation from the audience. During the evening, the 28 competing singers performed their songs again, with Amadeus entertaining the audience with his quirky remarks. Fashion influencer Chiara Ferragni also made an appearance in a Schiaparelli dress, symbolizing the struggles of women trying to balance their work and family life. Superstar guests included Depeche Mode, Gino Paoli, and Ornella Vanoni, who performed some of their classic hits. The evening also saw some provocative and stylish outfits from Marco Mengoni and Elodie, and a scandalous moment when Rosa Chemical twerked on Fedez, kissed him on stage, and claimed that she was in love. As the night progressed, the tension in the air was palpable, as the audience waited with bated breath for the winner of the prestigious Sanremo music festival to be announced. Finally, the moment arrived, and the tension was broken as Marco Mengoni was declared the winner. followed by Lazza and Mr. Rain, and Mengoni dedicated his victory to the women who performed at the festival. It was a victory that was expected but also well-deserved, as Mengoni had impressed the judges and audience alike with his powerful and emotional performance. Other winners of the night included Colapesce and Di Martino, who won the Critica Mia Martini award and Sala Stampa award, respectively. The Coma_Cose also took home the Sergio Bardotti prize for the best lyrics. Throughout the night, there were moments of both emotion and transgression, as the artists took to the stage to deliver some truly incredible performances. The opening act, which featured the Italian national anthem played by the military band, set the tone for a night that was filled with both patriotic pride and a celebration of Italian music and culture. Another emotional moment was the performance of “Bakmut Fortress” by the iconic Ukrainian band Antytila, who sang a song about their city’s struggle for freedom and ideals after Amadeus read the letter that the President of Ukraine, Zelensky, sent to the festival, thanking Italy for their support for Ukraine. All in all, the 73rd Sanremo music festival was a night to remember, filled with unforgettable performances, emotional moments, and deserving winners. As the festival drew to a close, it was clear that the spirit of Italian music and culture was alive and well, and that the future of the Italian music scene was in good hands. 29 OI magazine


31 The Costiera Amalfitana, or Amalfi Coast, is one of the most stunning and picturesque coastlines in Italy, located in the Campania region in the southern part of the country. The coast is known for its dramatic cliffs, colourful villages, and crystal-clear waters, making it a popular summer holiday destination. In the summer, visitors can enjoy a variety of outdoor activities, including hiking, swimming, and sunbathing on the many beaches along the coast. One of the most popular activities is taking a boat excursion to explore the hidden coves and secluded beaches that can only be accessed by sea. The town of Amalfi, which gives the coast its name, is a must-visit destination for its stunning cathedral, picturesque streets, and great seafood restaurants. Amalfi, Procida, and Sorrento are three of the most popular towns on the Amalfi Coast, each offering their own unique charm and attractions. Discover the Beauty and Glamour of the Amal Coast and Capri Island - A Summer Breakout to Remember by Manuela PEDINI

32 Amalfi, located on the Amalfi Coast, is a picturesque town known for its pastel-coloured buildings, steep cliffs, and stunning beaches. Visitors can explore the town’s historic centre, which is home to the 9th-century Cathedral of Saint Andrew and the Cloister of Paradise, a beautiful medieval garden. The town’s pebbly beach is also a popular spot for sunbathing and swimming, while adventurous travellers can hike the nearby trails that offer breath-taking views of the coastline. Procida, a small island off the coast of Naples, is a charming and quiet destination known for its colourful houses, narrow streets, and small fishing villages. The island’s beaches are some of the best in the region, with crystal-clear waters and soft sand. Visitors can explore the island’s numerous beaches, as well as its historic landmarks, such as the Terra Murata fortress and the Abbey of San Michele. Sorrento, located on the Sorrentine Peninsula, is a lively town known for its vibrant nightlife, excellent restaurants, and beautiful views of the Bay of Naples. The town’s historic centre is home to numerous landmarks, including the 14th-century Chiesa di San Francesco and the 11th-century Basilica di Sant’Antonino. Sorrento is also a great base for exploring the nearby Amalfi Coast and Capri, with regular ferries departing from the town’s harbour. Overall, Amalfi, Procida, and Sorrento are three must-visit destinations in southern Italy, each offering their own unique

33 OI magazine DESIDERIO GIOIELLI Exclusive creations on the island of Capri Desiderio Jewels is a family-owned business with a long history on the island of Capri. It has been passed down through three generations, each making their own contributions to the growth and success of the company. Desiderio Jewels offers a range of prestigious Made in Italy brands, along with the exclusive Desiderio Collection. Customers can choose from a variety of jewellery pieces, including earrings, necklaces, bracelets, and more, all featuring high-quality craftsmanship and design. The store also offers a range of precious stones, including pearls, coral, and other gems, allowing customers to create their own custom jewelry pieces. Enrico Desiderio, the current owner, is passionate about jewellery and dedicated to providing his customers with the best possible experience. He offers a high level of attention and personalized service, helping customers find the perfect piece of jewellery to suit their taste and budget. Shopping at Desiderio Jewels is an experience unlike any other. With its long history, high-quality products, and personalized service, customers are sure to find the perfect piece of jewellery to reminisce about their time on the island of Capri. Desiderio Gioielli Piazza Umberto I, 16 80073 Capri NA Ph. +39 081 8370011 - www.desideriojewels.com - info@desideriojewels.com instagram: desideriojewels

34 OI magazine attractions and experiences. Another must-visit destination on the Amalfi Coast is the island of Capri. This small but luxurious island is known for its beautiful shores, designer shops, and vibrant nightlife. Visitors can take a boat from the mainland to explore the island’s natural beauty, including the famous Blue Grotto. The Blue Grotto is a famous sea cave on the coast of Capri. Visitors can take a small boat ride into the cave and experience the beautiful blue colour of the water. It is a must-visit attraction in Capri. One of the best ways to experience Capri is by taking a boat excursion around the island, that is a great way to explore the island’s beautiful coastline and hidden coves. Visitors can stop at the island’s many beaches, including the popular Marina Piccola, Faraglioni Beach, and Punta Carena Lighthouse. Another must-see destination is the Gardens of Augustus, which offer stunning views of the sea and the island’s landscape. The gardens are filled with beautiful flowers, plants, and statues Capri is known for its delicious food, including fresh seafood, pizza, and gelato. There are several restaurants and cafes to choose from, including some with stunning sea views. Absolutely to taste the refreshing limoncello, a lemon-flavoured liqueur that is produced on the island. The island is also home to several luxury hotels, and is famous for its fashion and handmade products, including jewellery, sandals, ceramics and perfumes making it a popular destination for those looking for a luxurious summer getaway. In the evening, the nightlife in Capri comes alive with bars and clubs offering a range of music and entertainment. Visitors can enjoy cocktails and live music at one of the many bars along the island’s Piazzetta, or dance the night away at one of the island’s nightclubs. Located on the western side of the island, Anacapri is a charming town offering a more relaxed and authentic atmosphere compared to the busy town of Capri. There are several attractions to visit, including the Villa San Michele and the Monte Solaro Chairlift. Overall, the Amalfi Coast and Capri offer a beautiful and luxurious summer holiday destination with plenty to see and do, from exploring the stunning coastline to enjoying the island’s vibrant nightlife and delicious cuisine.

35 OI magazine CAPRI WHALES Capri Whales is a well-established boat rental company in Capri Its founder, Wendy, inherited her experience from her father, Gennarino, who was the first diver in Capri, and along with her partner Stefano, they continue to carry on the name of Capri Whales with the help of their daughters Nichole and Kayla. The young but experienced team of sailors provides excellent service to customers who want to experience an unforgettable journey. Capri Whales offers excursions that allow you to see the beauty of Capri, including its numerous caves and coves where you can stop for a swim. You can enjoy breathtaking scenery and relaxing sunsets, as well as spend a day in the Amalfi Coast with stops at restaurants that are only accessible by sea. Are you tired of traveling in the chaos of ferries? Capri Whales also offers private transfers from Capri to Naples, Sorrento, and the Amalfi Coast, and vice versa. Additionally, they provide a 24-hour water taxi service around the entire island of Capri. If you want to explore the island on your own, you can rent a boat without a skipper and have the freedom to circumnavigate the island and stop wherever you want to swim. Alternatively, if you prefer to relax while someone else navigates, you can rent a boat with a skipper who will show you all the secrets of Capri. Capri Whales has offices strategically located in the docking areas of Capri, at the port of Marina Grande and the bay of Marina Piccola. Their staff will welcome you and provide all the information you need to make your stay on the Blue Island truly special. In conclusion, if you want to experience an unforgettable journey on the Mediterranean Sea, Capri Whales is the perfect choice for you. Wendy and Stefano are waiting for you to take you on your trip to Capri. Capri Whales Via C.Colombo 17- 80073 Capri (Na) Mob. +39 3292240479 Stefano +39 3397275499Wendy Uff. +39 0818375833 (9-19) Home +39 0818378894 (after 8 pm) www.capriwhales.it— info@capriwhales.it

36 OI magazine OASI MOTOR Discover Capri in Style with Oasi Motor: Scooter and Boat Rentals Oasi Motor is located in Capri, Italy, a popular tourist destination known for its stunning scenery and rich history. The agency is located near the harbor, making it convenient for visitors to access. Oasi Motor offers scooter rentals and motorized rubber raft rentals for exploring the island. The scooter rentals come with a custom map to help visitors discover the most beautiful sights on Capri, such as the Blue Grotto and Punta Carena lighthouse. The motorized rubber rafts are available for rent without a skipper or boating license, allowing visitors to explore the island by sea. The owners of Oasi Motor, Raniero and Gianluca, are experienced and provide personalized service to their customers. They will help visitors choose the best scooters to rent and are available to answer any questions or provide recommendations. Renting a scooter or motorized rubber raft from Oasi Motor promises to be an unforgettable holiday experience in Capri. With the freedom to explore the island at one's own pace and the personalized service from the owners, visitors are sure to have a memorable time. Oasi Motor Via C. Colombo,47 80073 Capri NA Ph.+39 081 8377138 +39 334 3532975 www.noleggioscooter-oasi.it

37 OI magazine GIORGIO AL CUCCIOLO RESTAURANT Caprese flavours with breath-taking views of the Gulf of Naples A culinary tradition made of genuine ingredients and a location surrounded by greenery, with a breath-taking view of the Gulf of Naples. These are the two peculiarities of "Giorgio al Cucciolo", the restaurant in Anacapri managed by Giorgio and Emanuela, two young restaurateurs who, by combining high quality raw materials, memory and passion, are able to tell the territory in their dishes. The menu offers a great culinary variety that includes sea and land foods to satisfy palates of different tastes, but above all to evoke the authentic Caprese flavours. Absolutely to try the appetizers, raw, fried and grilled fish. A lunch or dinner at Giorgio al Cucciolo is also an opportunity to enjoy the artistic and natural beauties of the island. The restaurant has in fact two terraces from which to admire the splendid colours of the sky of Naples at sunset and is also the starting point for a walk to the Blue Grotto. The restaurant can be easily reached from the centre of Anacapri with the shuttle service provided by the owners. Giorgio al Cucciolo Via La Fabbrica, 52 - 80071 Anacapri (NA) - IT Tel: +39 081 837 2675 giorgioalcucciolo@gmail.com www.giorgioalcucciolo.com

38 OI magazine The Charm of the Blue Grotto and the Riva Aquarama Special with Ciro Capri Boat Experience the magical atmosphere of "La Dolce Vita" with Ciro Capri Boat, a true institution in Capri. For generations, Ciro and his family have lived in Marina Grande, the port town of Capri. That's why he has spent more time on the Mediterranean than on land. Ciro has had a passion for boats and exploring the Mediterranean from a young age. Today, his company, Ciro Capri Boat, offers a variety of boats, including motorboats and classic gozzo boats, for exploring the island of Capri as well as offering tours on the Amalfi Coast, including Positano, Amalfi, Sorrento, Ischia and Procida Unique in its vintage design, Capri Boat is the only one in all of Campania to rent the Riva Aquarama Special. This beautiful Riva model is at the top of the world's nautical industry, recognized as a symbol of Italian nautical art. Loved by enthusiasts and famous for its participation in numerous films, this boat is the pride of the island of Capri. A tour of the island by sea should never be missed on any Caprese holiday, and if it's onboard the Riva Aquarama Special... even better! Ciro Capri Boats Via Truglio, 19 - 80073 Capri (NA) - IT Mob. +39 339.8844677 info@cirocapriboats.com www.cirocapriboats.com


40 OI magazine AL MULINO "Escape to Paradise: My Experience at the Intimate Hotel Al Mulino in Anacapri" I recently stayed at the Hotel Al Mulino in Anacapri, a small hotel that was created from the restoration of a family farmhouse. This hotel boasts eight bright and beautiful rooms, each with a unique Capri-style decor and a private terrace. The blue terracotta floors, pastel-toned fabrics, and natural wooden furnishings make for the perfect backdrop to a stay filled with intimacy and privacy. Upon arrival, I was greeted with a warm welcome from the friendly staff, who went out of their way to make sure that my stay was as comfortable as possible. The hotel itself is surrounded by stunning, lush greenery and breathtaking views of the Capri coastline, making it the ideal escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. My room was nothing short of a dream, with its cozy, inviting ambiance and beautiful furnishings. The private terrace was the perfect spot for sipping coffee in the morning or taking in the stunning sunset in the evening. I appreciated the attention to detail that went into the room, from the comfortable bed linens to the beautiful ceramics in the bathroom. During my stay, I also had the opportunity to enjoy a light lunch and a home-style dinner in the hotel. They prepare simple and delicious recipes using fresh produce from their very own vegetable garden. The focus is on authentic, wholesome food that is cooked to perfection and served in a cozy, relaxed atmosphere. It was a delightful experience and the perfect way to end a day of exploring Anacapri. Overall, my stay at Hotel Al Mulino was truly unforgettable. The combination of the beautiful rooms, stunning surroundings, and warm hospitality of the staff made for a truly relaxing and rejuvenating experience. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone looking for a peaceful escape in Anacapri. Hotel Al Mulino Via La Fabbrica,11 e I Rampa Tuoro,6 Anacapri (NA) Tel. +30 081 8384084 mulino@capri.ut- www.mulino-capri.com

41 OI magazine PROCIDA SEA VIEW Procida boat trip and fishing tourism This is the story of three brothers who grew up on bread and fishing. The Procida Sea View begins in an ancient village in the Marina di Corricella, where Ciro, Cristian and Antonio, coming from a family of fishermen with a passion for the sea for generations, decide to introduce tourists to the "Precious Pearl" of the Gulf of Naples. Thus they start to organize personalized excursions and tours with their boats to show the naturalistic treasures of the island and immerse visitors in the splendid waters of places unreachable by land. Today they also make their experience as fishermen available to those who want to practice sport fishing. A day aboard the "Francesco Padre" fishing boat allows you to discover an ancient tradition while having fun, to get to know the beauty of the Procida coasts and the secrets of their seabed. Procida Sea View also offers a Taxi Boat service to move quickly from one part of the island to the other and Private Transfers to reach other places in the Gulf in complete tranquility and privacy. A boat rental is also available to meet the client's sea travel needs. Procida Sea View Via Marina di Corricella, 80079 Procida NA Mob: 331 5974480 procidaseaview@libero.it www.instagram.com/procidaseaview

42 OI magazine Tradition and Innovation Meet the Culture of Hospitality: Sirenique's Mission Sirenique is an extra-hotel reality that has its roots in a tradition of hospitality and welcome handed down from father to son that has been going on for four generations. Between tradition and innovation, its founder Raffaele Russo, an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the hotel sector as a hotel director, in 2021 decided to promote a new form of hospitality, the extra-hotel one, and gave shape to his first agency, specialized in the sector of tourist short-term rentals. Sirenique offers a widespread experience of prestigious villas and apartments between Sorrento, Massa Lubrense, Positano and Naples, directly managed by the family group of belonging, the Russo family. "Our philosophy is to host tourists from all over the world, guaranteeing distinctive and personalized experiences through tailor-made services to plan our customers' trip and design an excellent stay experience". The mission of Sirenique is to guarantee a refinement in hospitality and a centrality of welcome: to be a perfect host but also a valid guide for our customers offering them authentic local experiences. A Neapolitan tradition that is indissolubly fused with the culture of Italian hospitality and the concept of hospitality in a modern key, is at the base of our business model. A team characterized by highly qualified property managers offers offers a 360-degree operational concierge service; from booking to the organization of the entire trip for unique and personalized treatments. Sirenique Resort & Villas Via Capo 4 - 80067 Sorrento (NA) - IT Mob. +39 3319158487 / +39 3381113936 info@sirenique.com www.sirenique.com SIRENIQUE Resort & Villas


45 OI magazine Boutique Hotel IN PIAZZA DELLA SIGNORIA The genuine Italian hospitality in a Boutique Hotel in Florence Situated in the heart of Florence, the Boutique Hotel In Piazza della Signoria is composed of ten rooms, each of them unique, furnished with antiques, spacious and well lit. On the last floor of this Boutique Hotel there are three apartments, from where the guests can enjoy a marvellous view on Piazza della Signoria and the cathedral’s dome. In this dreamy environment, equipped with all the comforts, you will feel that you are living the life of a nobleman of the past. The staff of the Boutique Hotel In Piazza della Signoria is always to your disposal to ensure your stay is special and memorable. In Piazza della Signoria to experience the genuine hospitality of a Boutique Hotel in Florence. Boutique Hotel In Piazza della Signoria Via dei Magazzini, 2 - 50122 Firenze Ph. + 39 055 2399546 - Fax + 39 055 2676616 - info@inpiazzadellasignoria.com www.inpiazzadellasignoria.com www.facebook.com/residenzadepocainpiazzadellasignoria www.instagram.com/inpiazzadellasignoria


47 OI magazine get rid of was often associated with “a demonic possession”. The dance had no end, it lasted day and night, until the “bitten one”, almost as if reborn, began to stamp his feet on the ground with force, as if to crush the “spider”. Trying to free himself from the unbearable pain, he performed acrobatic movements, which are nowadays among the most sought after and difficult to perform in this dance, which has become a real artistic exercise, as we will see below. I would add that problems of a psychiatric nature have also been associated with this disease, since the victims were mainly women, i.e. the famous “tarantate”. Frustrated by the conditioning of a strongly phallocratic and patrilineal society, they “shouted “ their malaise by falling into epileptoid paroxysms, contortions, trances, passionate attitudes, etc. One of the most important studies conducted on female Tarantism is due to the distinguished anthropologist Ernesto De Martino. In the summer of 1959, he arrived in Salento to study the complex phenomenon of the “tarantate” as no one had ever done before, with a team composed of a doctor, a psychiatrist, a psychologist, a historian of religions, a cultural anthropologist, an ethnomusicologist and, finally, a film documentary maker. The result of his work was collected in a book entitled “The re-bitten’s land’”, as the extensive essay also referred to the fact that very often bitten people could be “re-bitten” even throughout their entire lives. Since there was no medical treatment at the time, every 29 June, Can pain be turned into music? Can we transform our fears, our anxiety, our malaise into lively sounds and, why not... even learn to dance on them at a wild pace? As in the famous movie in which Gene Kelly is “singing in the rain”, could the music of the Taranta become a happiness’ symbol? I am willing to bet that at least once in your life music has healed your soul. Here are some examples among the thousand that I could list: Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy”, which magically manages to smooth out the obstacles and disagreements of the not always so “United Europe”...; The timeless song “We are the champions” by Freddie Mercury leader of the Queen, which led 72,000 spectators at Wembley Stadium to singing its refrain for the 1985 Live Aid; the Disco music punctuated by the bass on whose frantic rhythm youngsters stamp their feet, as to “escape” from this crazy world ... the success they decree to the life stories told by rappers ... well, to all this I add my knowledge of a dance music capable of saving human beings from pain, the “Taranta”. Taking its name from one of the most terrifying spiders in the world, the tarantula, this dance is a medicine for the soul! To understand how this up-down Kafkaesque “metamorphosis” works, how a poisonous beast can be a relief for the soul, we must go back to some Salento countryside’ s legends. Here, spiders symbolize the Mother Earth resurfacing with her implacable primordial instincts, and with the force of ancient pagan rites. It can therefore be said that, in the hot season, the hairy animal with a decidedly repulsive appearance proliferated dangerously in the Italian Puglia region, where it used to bite the farmers during the wheat harvest. Its venomous bite triggered real psychomotor crises that could last for days; people felt palpitations, abdominal cramps, delirium, even hysteria, confusional states and unconsciousness, a set of symptoms that led to a real disease, known as “Tarantism”. In particular, the Apulian tarantism born in the Middle Ages was maintained with an intensity of popular participation and a variety of mythical ritual forms until the end of the 18th century, starting its decline and ending in the following century. As traditional medicine in those times gave poor results it looks like the only way to give relief to the bites by Lycosa tarantula, (this is the Latin name given by the Swedish naturalist Linneus in 1700) was to obsessively play the tambourine, a common musical instrument to all ancient civilizations, from Sumerians to Hittites, from the Jews to the Egyptians, which accompanied traditional music during banquets and other ceremonies. Archaeologists have unearthed ancient statues of Sumerian women holding tambourines as early as the 21st century BC. and in Salento some rock graffiti depicting the instrument have been found in the Porto Badisco’s caves, dating back to about 6000 years ago. The ancestral peasant culture of the inhabitants of these areas made the tambourine a symbol of the Salento region’s music and dance. In addition to the Taranta, let me open a parenthesis and recall the “Spizzica”, (Pinch) another typical Apulian dance recalling a courtship between partners with more sensual, almost erotic body moves. Returning to the Apulian tarantism, the melody played was that of the “tarantella”, a simple rhythm with a few notes, obsessively repeated by tambourine players in search of the right melody, able to ward off the devastating effect of the tarantula’s poison. During this healing process the patient was made to lie down on a sheet in the open air. With the musicians around him, all of a sudden his outburst started, in a sort of “musical exorcism”, so nicknamed because the disease to

48 OI magazine which is saints Peter and Paul’s day, the population turned to the patron saint of the tarantati, who is Saint Paul. A chapel adjacent to the cathedral of the city of Galatina was dedicated to the latter Saint. A large crowd turned to pray there before the harvest, to ask for the grace of healing and not to be re-bitten, to drinking miraculous water from a well, and finally to reaching the village of Melpignano for a great festival and a final concert. What is celebrated today on the last three days of June with stalls full of games for the little ones, candy stands for the sweet tooth, typical music and many lights, once was the time in which the “victims” of the taranta’s awful bite could ask for the grace of “Santu Paulu de le Tarante” and be freed, once and for all, from the rotten poison’s effects. In addition to the 29 of June recurrence, I remind that the Taranta is the hero of a Festival that has been celebrated since 1998 during the August holidays, being among the most important popular music festivals in Europe. In fact, it takes place every year on August evenings in various squares of the Salento villages, where Apulians and tourists dance alone or in pairs, snapping their fingers like castanets, while nationally and internationally renowned artists perform over 30 songs of the Salento music, using the traditional tambourine. The aim is to preserve the precious traditions, to expand the search for tarantism, to enhance the area with the art of music and with this beautiful dance which often had to defend itself from judgments that called it “cursed”. It is absolutely the opposite! The magic of this dance, the Taranta, is that it can transform the dancers’ body into an artistic medium, capable of expressing easy and un-schematic moves, at the exclusive and individual rhythm of one’s own sensations, which makes it a genuine expression of freedom. This dance is certainly capable of expressing happiness and the desire to react to the most dramatic moments of life, and this is also what makes it special. Finally… I have introduced you to a legend full of mystery, of fascinating rituals, whose magic wants to lead us to believe in the great philosophy of Life. We all must try to keep “dancing and singing in the rain” to make our dreams become true because...”the sun always comes out after the storm”. Let’s not stop believing it.



51 Summer in Italy is a magical time, and what better way to experience it than by bicycle? Italy is a country with a rich history, beautiful landscapes, and delicious cuisine, all of which can be fully appreciated on a cycling tour. There are many reasons why we suggest going on a bicycle tour of Italy during the summer. For one, the weather is perfect for cycling. The days are long and sunny, and there is a light breeze that keeps you cool. Plus, the scenery is at its best during this time of year. The countryside is lush and green, and the cities are alive with activity. When you embark on a bicycle tour of Italy, you can experience the country in a way that most tourists never do. You can explore the winding roads of Tuscany, where you will pass through quaint villages and see breathtaking views of rolling hills covered in vineyards. You can cycle through the picturesque towns of the Amalfi Coast, where the blue waters of the Mediterranean Sea meet the rocky cliffs. You can pedal through the heart of Rome, where you can soak up the city’s ancient history while enjoying a refreshing gelato. Each Italian region offers both paved and country cycle paths. The Ciclopista del Sole (EuroVelo 7), for example, is the longest cycle path in Italy, measuring 3,000 km and crossing the peninsula from the border with Austria to the Sicilian coast. Although most of its routes are not yet real cycle paths, this route takes you through the silence of nature. Unfortunately, the cycle path from Rome to Naples is not yet safe for cyclists. In Emilia Romagna, a new section of the Ciclovia del Sole has just been inaugurated, which is completely flat, well-lit, and equipped with rest areas, wi-fi, and repair kits. With its variety of landscapes, the Marches offer endless possiby Patrizia GARIPOLI

52 OI magazine bilities for cycling enthusiasts, thanks to the dense network of cycle paths suitable for both the more sporty and adventurous, and for lovers of Sunday strolls. A spectacular cycle route through the Dolomites takes you through the foot of Pelmo, Sorapis, and Antelao mountains, where the peaks emerge from dense woods and reflect in lakes and streams. Here, you can discover architectural beauties, traditions, and flavours of these places and pass by municipalities such as Cortina and San Vito di Cadore. Trentino offers a dense network of cycling paths that connect the most important areas of the province. This Region is an incredible area for the beauty of its natural scenery, where you can take advantage of a wide choice of cycle paths and cycling routes, such as Val d’Adige Cycle track and Valgarina Cycle Valsugana cycle track. For mountain bikers, Monte Baldo and Tremalzo are popular trails, while families and lovers of easier routes can enjoy the dense network of trails around Lake Garda. The Garda by Bike is a 190 km cycle path that embraces the shores of Trentino, Lombardy, and Veneto, and is known as the most beautiful cycle path in the world. From the province of Brescia to San Felice del Benaco, Gardone Riviera, and Limone sul Garda, this route offers picturesque views of the lake and mountains. But it’s not just the scenery that makes a bicycle tour of Italy so special. It’s also the people you meet along the way. Italians are known for their warm hospitality, and when you arrive in a small village on your bike, you’ll be greeted with open arms. You’ll have the opportunity to try traditional Italian cuisine, like fresh pasta dishes and homemade gelato, and you’ll learn about the country’s rich cultural heritage from the locals. A bicycle tour of Italy is also a great way to stay active and healthy during your summer holidays. Cycling is a low-impact exercise that is good for your heart, lungs, and muscles. Plus, it’s an eco-friendly way to travel, as you won’t be contributing to air pollution like you would if you were driving or taking a train. In conclusion, a summer holiday by bicycle in Italy is an experience that should not be missed. You’ll have the chance to explore some of the most beautiful parts of the country, meet friendly locals, indulge in delicious food, and stay active and healthy. So why not hop on your bike and start planning your Italian adventure today?